November 1, 2009 Subject:
Are there some basic things being glossed over?
Although I'm a seasoned vet, I like this show and give it high marks for it's newbie friendliness.
But this show seems to gloss over some basic points of confusion for non linux users.
For starters, it's NOT linux version 9.10 which was released. Rather version 9.10 of ubuntu. I know you're well aware of this but you let is stand enough that a non linux user listening to this show will likely believe it was linux 9.10.
It's an old pet peeve of mine that whenever the newest version of the popular distro is released it's reported that version whatever of linux has been released.
Secondly, ubuntu doesn't generally uninstall software you have when you upgrade. The specific example you gave with pidgin doesn't even do that. I upgraded 3 machines here and none of them have had pidgin uninstalled. I suspect you really meant a clean install rather than an upgrade.
Nevertheless, making it seem like your old apps get removed anytime you upgrade to the newest version of your distro is way off base in my opinion.
I've been using ubuntu since about breezy and don't remember any of my applications being removed. The exception being when an application gets removed for dependency reasons(kuickshow comes to mind). But that's the case less often.
While I don't dispute the wisdom in having the faint of heart stay away from brand new versions of software, that was a great chance to point out that with most free software the alpha and beta phases are open to ANYone who wants to participate, including other programmers who can see the code. Also, there are no goofey licensing issues to prevent you to put the beta version on any machine you like. This generally means releases are reasonably well vetted if not error free.